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@trod348 Tom Rodgers

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I started modeling again after a 35+ year hiatus. Got my stash of kits out of the attic and went to work. Mostly 1/48 and 1/72 WWII fighters plus some modern jets.
I flew fighters in the Air Force (F-111 and A-10) for twenty years and then flew for American Airlines for twenty-two years (Boeing 727/757/767 and Fokker F-100). Now I’m retired and living in the DFW area.

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1/35 Trumpeter M1131 Stryker FSV

This is my first attempt at building an armor vehicle, so please be merciful with me…and any suggestions for improvement will be greatly appreciated. This build replicates my son’s M1131 Stryker FSV while he was assigned as a Fire Support Team[...]

“Gelbe 14…Der Stern von Afrika”

Eduard 1/48 Bf 109F-4Z/Trop, W.Nr 8673 Hpt. Hans-Joachim Marseille, Quotaifiya AB, Sep 15, 1942, following his 151st kill. This was his last Bf 109F before he was ordered to fly the Gustav by Generalfeldmarshall Albert Kesselring. He was later k[...]

Eduard 1/72 Fw 190 A-8/R8

I thought I was done with Fw 190’s for a bit after I had finished my recent build of “Priller’s Würger” for this year’s EagleQuest. At that event I was discussing with a friend, Jerry Hendrickson, the “fun” I had closing up the engine cowling of[...]

A Tail of two Aardvarks

1/72 Hasegawa F-111D, s/n 68-0150, Cannon AFB, NM, 1979 At Squadron-MMD’s EagleQuest modeling show last year, I showed a friend, Jerry Hendrickson, a photo of an F-111D I was flying when I lost most of my rudder on a supersonic run many years a[...]

Priller’s Würger…D-Day, 6 Jun 1944

Eduard 1/48 Fw 190 A-8 (old mold). I first saw “The Longest Day” as a 14-year-old airplane nut when the movie first came out in 1962. The scene showing Pips Priller’s D-Day strafing run on SWORD Beach has stayed with me since. In honor of the 75[...]

F-100D…Triple Zilch

Trumpeter 1/48 F-100D, S/N 63-000, Triple Zilch. This is one of the most iconic color schemes for the Super Sabre, and I know I won’t be the last to attempt it. This jet was the personal mount of USAF Col. Raymond F. Toliver, Commander of the 2[...]

Hasegawa F-22 Egg Plane

Hasegawa F-22 Egg Plane. I built this little gem for my five year old grandson, Reader. He’s getting ready to welcome a new little brother into the world and I didn’t want him to feel left out in the hustle and bustle of all the excitement. Th[...]

Eduard 1/48 P-39Q

Eduard 1/48, P-39Q, 42-19995, CPT William A. Shomo, 71st TRS, 82nd TRG, New Guinea, 1944. CPT (later MAJ) Shomo was nicknamed the “Flying Undertaker” because he actually trained and worked as a mortician in Pittsburgh before the war. He was awar[...]

Bf 109 E-4, Maj Helmut Wick

Tamiya 1/48 Bf 109 E-4, W. Nr 5344. The markings are those of Maj. Helmut Wick, Geschwaderkommodore, JG2, Beaumont, France, Nov 1940. These are the final markings for this aircraft. At this time Wick was the leading Luftwaffe ace and was just be[...]

Italeri 1/9 scale 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA

Here is my recent build of Italeri’s 1/9 scale 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycle. My oldest son gave me the kit for Christmas two years ago but I waited a while before attempting the build. After doing my P-26 and Fw 190 D-9, I felt I needed a[...]
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